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Selena

The tragic shooting death of Tejano singer Selena spawned a reaction within the Latino community that can be compared to the reactions to the deaths of Elvis Presley and John Lennon. An enormously popular singer in Latino communities across North America, her music crossed cultural boundaries to touch the lives of young and old alike. A flamboyant, sexy stage performer sometimes hailed as the Latina Madonna, Selena was nonetheless considered a role model for off-stage she was family oriented, active in anti-drug campaigns and AIDS awareness programs.

She was born Selena Quintanilla to Mexican-American parents in Lake Jackson, TX. Before her birth, her father Abraham had been a member of los Dinos. When Selena began performing at the age of ten, her father became her manager and los Dinos became her backing band. In 1983, she made her recording debut after appearing on the popular radio show of L.A. deejay Johnnie Canales. While Selena grew up understanding Spanish, English was her first language. Her first records were recorded in Spanish, and she sang the words phonetically. After her music began to catch on, she began learning Spanish formally and by the time of her death, she was fluent in the language.

In 1987, she was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards. Two years later she signed with EMI Latin and in 1990, she and los Dinos released their eponymous debut album. Later that year she released a singles compilation, Personal Best, and she also released Ven Conmigo. In 1991 the title track of the latter became the first Tejano record to go gold. Selena also released two more albums, including one of cumbia music, Baila Esta Cumbia that year. Selena married Los Dinos' lead guitarist Chris Perez in April of 1992. Other group members included her brother, Abraham Quintanilla, III, who played bass and penned many of her songs, and her sister Suzette, the drummer. She won her first Grammy in 1993 for Best Mexican American Performance for her album Selena Live. That same year, she released an album of love songs, Quiero, and she also opened Selena Etc, a clothing manufacturing business. In 1994, she made her feature-film debut in Don Juan DeMarco, in which she played a singer. Later that year, she and her band embarked upon a tour of New York, L.A., Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Amor Prohibido was released in 1994; the record's title track won a Grammy and went gold. In 1995, Selena began preparing to make her breakthrough into the American pop mainstream.

In the spring of that year she was working on her first English-language album, when she went to a motel room in Corpus Christi, TX, to fire 34-year-old Yolanda Saldivar, the woman who managed Selena's boutique in San Antonio, and the founder of the Selena fan club. A few days before the confrontation, Selena's father had unearthed paperwork proving that Saldivar had been embezzling from the fan club. Saldivar and Selena argued and as the singer left, she was shot in the back. Selena didn't die right away and managed to stagger into the lobby where she named Saldivar as the killer. An hour later, Selena died in a local hospital.

It was a death that rocked the entire Latino music industry. Saldivar was convicted for the murder of Selena in November, 1995 and sentenced to at least 30 years in prison.

A special service was held in the Los Angeles Coliseum where she was to give a concert. Less than a month later, Texas governor George W. Bush declared April 16, "Selena Day," in her honor. Dreaming of You, her final album, was released posthumously in the early summer. It became the first Tejano album to reach number one in America and was double platinum by the end of the year. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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I love your songs selena:);)
Love
III mmiiss yyyyyoooouuu
soto.cynthia 0 8
Nobody will ever be like her
I just cant wait to tell you that I love you!
U know I will always remember that you are the one who will be in everyone's heart and soul and we will always remember and love you forever
Nobody will ever compare to u Selena!! Years pass by never forgotten!!!
She is my hero... I use to stand in front of the TV nd try to dance like her .man I love u Selena ...this is to u lost love always to u nd from me ur love
Love Selena we miss u
Jfhj ex hrj���������
Kiss your hand , say your crushes name , and pick a school day , post this on 2 other songs
Love love love Serena ��
Forever THE best , such an amazing person STILL going big spiritually ����
My heart aches knowing she will never perform again. I love you & miss you selena! QUINTANILLA FOREVER!!
Truly alive within our hearts. Such an amazing woman who is now an Angel O:-)
I love You. SELENA I will never forget you and your always in my heart
dcjw806
Selena we will never get you:(
❤️
kekekonzi
Rest always in peace beautiful��
Her death made everyone in all backgrounds very sad! I still get so so sad and cry.
Love your music Selena! Always In our <3's ❤️
Nothing. But the best here, Rest in Peace Selena
I miss you Selena quintanilla
Love your music. Gone but never forgotten. Love you always.
Always I love you
<3 Her Songs!!!
Bidi bidi bom bom......
I love her so much and her songs:) :) ♡
Gosh! I love this song!!!
Selena passed away when I was only 2 years old. When I listen to her music I feel like I knew her my whole life. It's crazy cause even now when I hear her music I tear up thinking about her. I wish she was still alive. I bet her music would have changed tejano music entirely. Even though all I sing is mariachi music, selena and rocio will forever be my idols. Rip sel, you'll always be the perfect role model for every female Hispanic singer who's trying to make it big. <3
This was my baby mamas song to me for years
19 years and still remembered. True icon! Rest well. We all miss your voice and presence.
Descanse En Paz Selena ~ Rest In Peace Selena
Miss you!!
R.i.p love you selena
I love you selena ��
:) love you miss you
anac4141
Love this song fotos y recuerdos
I love this song so much
Love her songs.....wh a t s impossible, Its always Possible .....❤
Love love you Selena love all you,r songs
Is it possible to fall in love again to go through another heart and head ache? ?
I miss her. By the way dont curse at me im only 11 plz
No me queda mas extranarte selena pobrecita
You're the BEST NO ONE CAN EVER REPLACE YOU
I think im gona cry
Miss you
Todos te amamos selena!;)♥♥♥ p a r a siempre
Well do yall like aaliyah she was a real sweetheart to you know
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